Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Hill's relationship with Hogs growing
Colleges see each prospect visit as an opportunity to help build a relationship. It appears Arkansas did just that with North Little Rock junior receiver K.J. Hill when he was on campus for the Hogs’ scrimmage on Saturday.
Hill, 6-0, 178, 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, made his first return trip to Fayetteville since taking part in Arkansas’ Prospect Camp in June. The camp allowed him to work with receivers coach Michael Smith.
“We’re just talking about regular stuff and building a relationship,” said Hill of Saturday’s visit. “He’s always going to keep it one hundred percent. He isn’t ever going to lie, you can trust him.”
Hill received a scholarship offer from Auburn in late July after attending their camp and being fully healed from a hip-flexor injury. The injury hampered him at Arkansas’ camp and hurt the Hogs’ ability to evaluate him.
He met with Coach Bret Bielema for about 15 minutes.
“He said just because Auburn offered, he’s not going to offer me just like that,” said Hill , who’s also drawing interest from Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and others. “He still wants to keep building a relationship with me and keep getting to know me.”
Hill had 48 receptions for 845 yards, 11 touchdowns and 27 carries for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns at Bryant last year. He was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Super Sophomore team by showing the elusiveness that makes him one of the top 2015 prospects in the state.
One of the highlights of Saturday’s visit was meeting with strength and conditioning Ben Herbert.
“He’ll get you right,” said Hill, who played for Team Penny 15-under team that won the FAB 48 basketball tournament in Las Vegas in July. “He showed me the pictures of their bodies and that’s how my body needs to be when I’m up there.”
Herbert also gave him some tips.
“He could get my body and my skills where they need to go,” Hill said.
Arkansas plans to attend one of North Little Rock’s games.
“Coach Smith was told me he’s going to be at a game,” Hill said. “I just won’t know it but he’ll be there watching.”